Music Almanac: December 20, 2017

Birthdays 
  • 1930 - Pat Hare (Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters) (d. 1980)
  • 1939 - Courtney Johnson (New Grass Revival) (78)
  • 1939 - Kim Weston (78)
  • 1941 - Michael Hurley (76)
  • 1944 - Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (73)
  • 1945 - Peter Criss (Kiss) (72)
  • 1948 - Alan Parsons (69)
  • 1948 - Stevie Wright (Easybeats) (d. 2015)
  • 1956 - Anita Ward (61)
  • 1956 - Guy Babylon (Elton John band) (d. 2009)
  • 1957 - Billy Bragg (60)
  • 1957 - Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, Stooges) (60)
  • 1966 - Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) (51)
  • 1975 - Graham Hopkins (Swell Season, Therapy?) (40)
  • 1980 - Chris Edwards (Kasabian) (37)
  • 1982 - David Cook (35)
  • 1990 - JoJo (born Joanna Levesque) (27)
Deaths
  • 1973 - Bobby Darin - Complications from heart surgery (37)
  • 1982 - Don Law (producer) - Lung cancer (80) 
  • 1999 - Hank Snow (85)
  • 2004 - Son Seals - Diabetes (62)
  • 2012 - Jimmy McCracklin (91)
  • 2013 - David Richards (producer) (57)
On This Day
  • 1950 - Lefty Frizzell debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1967 - Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in jail for her participation in an anti-war protest.
  • 1967 - Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick formed Jethro Tull.
  • 1974 - Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon in the Eagles.
  • 1980 - Phil Taylor of Motorhead accidentally broke a bone in his neck at an after-party.
  • 1983 - Johnny Cash went into the Betty Ford Center to head off addiction to pain killers from a recent hospitalization. 
  • 1986 - Randy Travis joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2000 - Barbra Streisand and Eddy Arnold received the National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton. 
  • 2001 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue filed papers saying that his ex-wife Pamela Anderson was an unfit mother.
  • 2005 - Sugarland lost original member Kristen Hall.
  • 2006 - Matthew Fischer won a court decision that he should share in the profits from Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale. Fischer was the organist who wrote the famous rift in the song.
Marriages
  • 1998 - Russell Simmons and Kimora Lee
Divorces
  • 2006 - Eminem (Marshall Mathers) and Kim Mathers (2nd time the couple divorced)
  • 2007 - Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli
Released
  • 1968 - The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record - Beatles
  • 1969 - He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother) - Hollies (single)
Broadcasts
  • 1962 - Andy Williams Show - Osmond Brothers (first appearance)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1941 - Elmer's Tune - Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (1 week)
  • 1969 - Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary (1 week)
  • 1975 - That's the Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1986 - Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles (4 weeks)
  • 2008 - Live Your Life - T.I. Featuring Rihanna (1 week (5 previous weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Albums 
  • 1952 - 1937-1938 Jazz Concert No. 2 - Benny Goodman (8 weeks)
  • 2003 - The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys (1 week)
  • 2008 - Circus - Britney Spears (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1975 - Full of Fire - Al Green (1 week)
  • 1980 - Celebration - Kool & the Gang (6 weeks)
  • 2003 - You Don't Konw My Name - Alicia Keys (9 weeks)
  • 2014 - 7/11 - Beyonce (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1975 - Convoy - C.W. McCall (6 weeks)
  • 1980 - That's All That Matters - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
  • 1986 - Too Much is Not Enough - Bellamy Brothers and Forester Sisters (1 week)
  • 1997 - Longneck Bottle - Garth Brooks (3 weeks)
  • 2003 - There Goes My Life - Kenny Chesney (7 weeks)
  • 2008 - Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (2 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1986 - Love is Forever - Billy Ocean (3 weeks)
  • 2003 - Unwell - Matchbox 20 (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - A Baby Changes Everything - Faith Hill (3 weeks)
  • 2014 - Baby, It's Cold Outside - Idina Menzel & Michael Buble (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1969 - Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris (6 weeks)
  • 1980 - (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon (1 week)
  • 1986 - Caravan of Love - Housemartins (1 week)
  • 2003 - Changes - Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne (1 week)
  • 2014 - Uptown Funk - Mark Ronston Featuring Bruno Mars (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums 
  • 1969 - Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones (1 week)
  • 1997 - Let's Talk About Love - Celine Dion (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - Life For Rent - Dido (3 weeks)
  • 2014 - X - Ed Sheeran (3 weeks (1 previous week))

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